In the Shadow of Race: Jews, Latinos, and Immigrant Politics in the United States

Paperback | September 15, 2007

byVictoria Hattam

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Race in the United States has long been associated with heredity and inequality while ethnicity has been linked to language and culture. In the Shadow of Race recovers the history of this entrenched distinction and the divisive politics it engenders. 

Victoria Hattam locates the origins of ethnicity in the New York Zionist movement of the early 1900s.  In a major revision of widely held assumptions, she argues that Jewish activists identified as ethnics not as a means of assimilating and becoming white, but rather as a way of defending immigrant difference as distinct from race—rooted in culture rather than body and blood. Eventually, Hattam shows, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Census Bureau institutionalized this distinction by classifying Latinos as an ethnic group and not a race. But immigration and the resulting population shifts of the last half century have created a political opening for reimagining the relationship between immigration and race.  How to do so is the question at hand.

In the Shadow of Race concludes by examining the recent New York and Los Angeles elections and the 2006 immigrant rallies across the country to assess the possibilities of forging a more robust alliance between immigrants and African Americans.  Such an alliance is needed, Hattam argues, to more effectively redress the persistent inequalities in American life.

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Race in the United States has long been associated with heredity and inequality while ethnicity has been linked to language and culture. In the Shadow of Race recovers the history of this entrenched distinction and the divisive politics it engenders. Victoria Hattam locates the origins of ethnicity in the New York Zionist movement of t...

Victoria Hattam is associate professor of political science at the New School for Social Research.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:September 15, 2007Publisher:University Of Chicago PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0226319237

ISBN - 13:9780226319230

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Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
 
1          Languages of Race—Politics of Difference
 
2          From “Historic Races” to Ethnicity:
            Disarticulating Race, Culture, Nation
 
3          Fixing Race, Unfixing Ethnicity:
            New York Zionists and Ethnicity     
 
4          Are Jews a Race? Are Mexicans White?:
            The State and Ethnicity
                       
5          Latinos: The New Ethnics?:
            Rereading Statistical Policy Directive 15
 
6          Shadowed by Race:
            Latinos in New York City Politics, 2001 and Beyond
 
7          Dismantling the Race-Ethnicity Distinction:
            Reconfiguring Race, Power, and Descent
 
Appendix A    
Appendix B     
Notes  
Bibliography   
Index